A different Jesus, who talks about strife and not peace, divisions and not unity. How can we understand his challenge?
Is Jesus the one to bring peace, hope, joy, and love? The people of his time weren’t sure. Are we? What are the signs that point towards him being the one?
Jesus surprised once again when he talked about bringing fire and division and not peace. Wait what??? While fire is destructive it is also a force of renewal and restoration, just like the Kingdom of God. Because of technical issues the other parts of the service couldn’t be uploaded.
Somehow, I wonder if some of this early season hype, some of our desire to have Christmas early, doesn’t have something to do with the deeper longings of our hearts. I wonder it if doesn’t have to do with wanting to claim clear signs of “peace and calm” — Silent Night, Holy Night; all is calm, all is bright”.